published : 2023-11-27

Former Broncos defensive lineman Harald Hasselbach dies at 56

Hasselbach battled cancer for six months

Former Broncos defensive lineman Harald Hasselbach in action during a Super Bowl game, captured with a Nikon D850.

Former Denver Broncos defensive lineman Harald Hasselbach, renowned for his contribution to the team's two Super Bowl wins, has tragically passed away at the age of 56.

Hasselbach valiantly fought a six-month battle against cancer, showing incredible strength and courage.

The family of the two-time Super Bowl champion announced his peaceful passing, stating that he is now 'free of pain'.

Diagnosed with metastatic mucinous adenocarcinoma, Hasselbach faced this devastating illness with unwavering determination.

Harald Hasselbach celebrating a Super Bowl victory with his teammates, taken with a Canon EOS 5D Mark IV.

During his tenure with the Denver Broncos from 1994 to 2000, Hasselbach never missed a game, showcasing his dedication and commitment to the team.

In a span of seven years, he played a total of 131 games, including the postseason, and was an integral part of the team's success.

Hasselbach not only excelled in the NFL but also left his mark in the Canadian Football League, becoming one of only 10 players to have won both a Super Bowl and a CFL Grey Cup.

Born in the Netherlands in 1967, Hasselbach later moved to Vancouver, where he attended high school before pursuing a college football career at Washington.

A portrait of Harald Hasselbach during his college football years at Washington, photographed with a Sony Alpha a7 III.

The legacy of Harald Hasselbach will be remembered not only for his accomplishments on the field but also for the inspiring courage he displayed while battling cancer.

Our heartfelt condolences go out to his beloved wife, Aundrea, his four children, and his many loved ones during this difficult time.